Simone Biles is again to win, child! For the primary time in two years, the seven-time Olympic medalist and 2016 Olympic particular person all-around champion, took the ground at an elite gymnastics meet and her return was spectacular.
On Saturday August 5, Simone took to the mat for the 2023 U.S. Traditional, held this yr in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. She gained the competitors after coming in first place in three of her 4 occasions (she got here in third on uneven bars). The win means she is going to compete within the nationwide championships!
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“It felt actually good, particularly after every little thing that’s occurred over the previous yr,” Simone advised CNBC after her victory. “So, everybody that was cheering, made posters and all that within the crowd, it simply made my coronary heart soften that they nonetheless imagine in me and I obtained again out right here and I did what I used to be coaching so I’m very pleased with the outcome.”
Hopefully that is only the start! As followers will bear in mind, Simone was on monitor to compete on the Tokyo Olympics 2021 and will have very effectively grow to be the primary girl since 1968 to win back-to-back titles within the all-around. Sadly, she was compelled to withdraw from the competitors because of psychological well being struggles.
Since then, rather a lot has modified for the celebrity Olympian. For one factor, she obtained married to her longtime BF Jonathan Owens earlier this yr and the pair have appeared blissfully joyful ever since. Nonetheless, one thing that hasn’t modified is Simone’s signature eye-on-the-prize dedication to her sport.
On the prior Thursday to the competitors, Simone posted an Instagram story displaying off her final follow at her native fitness center in Texas, with the caption, “Feelin all of the feelings.” We are able to perceive that; not solely is that this her return to the game, however the first time she’s reuniting with lots of her US Olympic workforce mates.
Simone will face off towards a few of her 2020 Olympic teammates, together with Suni Lee, who ended up successful gold within the particular person all-around competitors in Tokyo, in addition to Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles, who she grabbed drinks with the day earlier than the competitors (non-alcoholic, after all!)